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Establishing Online Business Habits – Getting Back into the Groove is not as easy as I Thought!

This post will share the challenges I have had over the last 1.5weeks re-establishing my online work routine and the 3 productivity tips that have got me back to full productivity and can probably do the same for you.

Plus a little sneak peak at a new project that will be starting shortly that I will be looking for people to work with on…(more to come soon!)

Before I had to reduce my time in my online business I had a pretty good routine going…

  • Work online from 8-10pm every weeknight except 1 or 2
  • Work online from 1-3(during nap time) both days and 8-12pm one weekend night
  • Squeeze in some extra time to answer emails on my phone
  • Total Weekly Online Work Hours = 15-20hrs

However, for 3 months my day job was unusually demanding with me leaving home at 4:45am and getting home as early as 6:30pm or as late as 11:00pm which completely through off my online work schedule.

As a result I have had to work to re-establish a routine.

I thought it would be as easy as simply jumping back into the same plan I had been doing but it turns out it is not that simple!

For the first week after the crazy hours I was slow getting back into the swing of the online business, watching TV, playing computer games and other no value added activities.

Using a few productivity tricks and a couple good kicks in my ass from my wife I am back to 100%. Other than the kicks these are the 3 tricks that always seem to work for me and hopefully you as well…

3 Keys to Productivity…

It Gets Easier or Harder – Its Our Choice – Every time we have a decision to make…do work or give into the resistance(go watch TV or similar) we have to remember that every time we give in it gets harder to push through next time and every time we push through the resistance it gets easier next time. Being productive is a learned skill/habit that is nothing more than practise and incremental improvements.

Just Sit My Ass Down – The goal when I hit resistance is to do just one more thing or if I haven’t started do just the first “thing” which can be as simple as sitting down to do work. Just by pushing through a little and tricking myself into just sitting down(even if I don’t get any work done) it helps me get to work sooner and more often. This “trick” is one I have heard from multiple people but also recently in a book I listened to (Making Habits, Breaking Habits). In the fitness world this is called the first goal is putting on your workout clothes…tricking your mind into putting on your workout clothes brings you that much closer to working out.


New Project – Setting up new systems and new projects is what most excites me. Improving an existing process is great but not the same for me as setting up a new system. For this reason plus the amount of time I have off (1 month) I will be launching a new project which will be featured on this site and hopefully involve some of the readers here.

Stay tuned, some updates on the new project will be coming very shortly! It has been asked for many times by readers in the past and will involve several people working together and with me to all help each other succeed. I will not be making any money from it. People will need to apply. The details will come out soon and spots will be very limited.


About the Author Jon

I am a 33 year old husband, father of 3, engineer and a huge fan of developing systems to build useful and profitable websites. The reason I build online businesses is to provide financial independence for my family and yours AND so I can spend time outside skiing and biking with my family.
Jon Gillham, Online Entrepreneur

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